WONCA Africa - busy since Prague!
Dr Shabir Moosa reports on WONCA Africa's activities
The WONCA Africa website is up and running - WoncaAfrica.org
- with details on Africa and Wonca Africa. We have an active social media presence on Twitter (alerts), Facebook (light stuff) and Linked-In (serious stuff). Join us, there is lots happening!
• WONCA Africa President's visit to Ghana and outreach to many new African countries for membership
teleconference 4th August with 14 participants from Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, Uganda, Malawi & Kenya. Very inspired! See more here.
• We are busy with setting exchanges for Africa students/young family doctors - help us host them in Africa. Go here and sign up as a host and also help us raise funds for deserving students to participate.
• WONCA Women in Africa are also busy - see here.
There is lots of development work (research / training) going on and we hope to share more here.
The WONCA Africa Regional Conference in Ghana is planned for 18-20th February 2015 with the Afriwon Preconference on 18th and Primafamed Conference on African FM Education 15-17th February. Make your plans for an outstanding meeting in Ghana. It is 18 months away!! It is likely to be a key part of a research / policy development process with the WHO on Primary Care / Family Medicine in Africa. Watch out for announcements on other conferences in Africa on WoncaAfrica.org / Twitter.
• We are also building up resources for clinicians and patients. See here for some useful links.
• WONCA Africa Executive had a teleconference 14th August with 17 out of 24 people managing to participate! Nigeria-4, Ghana-1, Zimbabwe-2 , SA-3, Uganda-1, Lesotho-1, Sierra Leone-1, Cameroon-1, Botswana-1, The Gambia-1, Rwanda-1. Lots of enthusiasm and cameraderie.
• Africans are beginning to participate in various WONCA working parties etc. Join them directly.
The WONCA International Classification Committee (WICC) will be having its Annual Meeting in Johannesburg 20-25th Sept 2013. There is a great seminar on "Managing information for primary care under NHI in SA" planned at Wits for 3-9pm Friday 20th September 2013. SFor more information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
There is some really useful clinical stuff for PHC at www.WoncaAfrica.org
Keep tabs on Twitter. See a few posts below.
• BMJ: An introduction to patient decision aids
• Essential Health Links
• Remember Barbara Starfield: primary care is the health system’s bedrock
• Essential Skills for mental health care' manual
• Wits Family Medicine Seminar: “Managing information for primary care under National Health Insurance in South Africa”
Please urge colleagues to join this list here.
Put "Afriwon" and/or "Wonca Africa Women" in notes if you are interested in their activities.
Dr Shabir Moosa
Link up with me here: www.drmoosa.co.za